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Mike Florio

  1. Max Scherzer has dominated since returning from Triple-A

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    When the Tigers demoted Max Scherzer to Triple-A in mid-May he was 1-4 with an ugly 7.29 ERA, but since returning following a two-week stint in Toledo he’s been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Scherzer tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays last night, improving to 9-5 with a…

  2. Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols to attend rally in Washington with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    While in Washington to play the Nationals this weekend Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa will be guests at the “Restoring Honor” rally organized by FOX News host Glenn Beck and featuring former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols is being honored at the event and La Russa will be on hand to introduce…

  3. Micah Owings stays with Reds, accepts Triple-A assignment

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty apparently wasn’t kidding when he said there was “not a lot of interest” in Micah Owings from other teams after the right-hander was designated for assignment last week. Owings cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, which means he’ll remain in the Reds organization while losing his spot…

  4. Stephen Strasburg will burn through service time while on DL

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    I hate to spread more icing on the Nationals’ bad news cake, but a side effect of Stephen Strasburg likely needing Tommy John elbow surgery is that he would burn through service time while on the disabled list. In other words, even if he never throws a pitch in 2011 and spends the entire season…

  5. Does Rob Dibble still think Stephen Strasburg should "suck it up" and "stop crying"?

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I hope Rob Dibble feels about as good as he announces right now. Dibble, who serves as the Nationals’ television analyst, made headlines for saying during a radio interview that Stephen Strasburg should “suck it up” and pitch through the arm pain that knocked him out of Saturday’s start. Dibble’s anti-Strasburg rant included all sorts…

  6. Cliff Lee loses to Twins, falls to 2-5 with 4.50 ERA for Rangers

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano held up his end of the bargain in last night’s marquee pitching matchup, taking a shutout into the seventh inning in Texas, but Cliff Lee turned in his third straight ugly start and dropped to 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 total outings since being traded to the Rangers. Lee continues to…

  7. Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum need to get in better shape

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    In talking to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wants to see both Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum get into better physical condition this offseason. Grouping them together may seem strange given that Sandoval is one of the portliest players in baseball and Lincecum probably weighs…

  8. Astros sweep four-game series from Phillies, in Philadelphia

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    This afternoon Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros completed an unlikely four-game sweep of the Phillies, in Philadelphia. Not only is it the first time the Phillies have been swept in a four-game series at home since 2002–in other words, before they’d even moved into their current ballpark–they came into the series having won 22 of…

  9. Report: Dustin Pedroia is "probably done for the year"

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Dustin Pedroia sought a second opinion on his injured foot and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that a “major league source” has told him the second baseman is “probably done for the year.” According to Cafardo he’ll spend the next week or two wearing a boot to stabilize the…

  10. Bryce Harper puts on a batting practice show in Washington

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper is holding his first press conference for the Washington media today, but first he took batting practice before the Nationals-Cardinals game and … well, he hit a whole bunch of homers. Here’s how Gene Wang of the Washington Post described the scene: In front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both…

  11. Indians pitching prospect Hector Rondon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Last season Hector Rondon emerged as one of Cleveland’s best pitching prospects by posting a 3.38 ERA and 137/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but he followed that up with an 8.53 ERA in 32 innings at Triple-A before being shut down in mid-May and yesterday he underwent Tommy John elbow…

  12. Lance Berkman "is on the phantom disabled list" and "has been healthy for a while"

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News reports that Lance Berkman will definitely be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible next week and in fact writes that “Berkman has been healthy for a while.” According to Jennings “he could have played this week” and “is on the phantom disabled list so…

  13. Manny Ramirez is out of Dodgers' lineup for day game after night game

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is not in the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon, but it likely has more to do with manager Joe Torre resting him for a day game following a night game than it does his waiver wire status. However, if he doesn’t come off the bench as a pinch-hitter this afternoon there’s a slight chance…

  14. Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Last night Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Pirates while Joey Votto went 4-for-7 with two homers and four RBIs in a wild extra-inning win over the Giants, so here’s how the Triple Crown picture looks right now: BATTING AVERAGE JOEY VOTTO .326 Carlos Gonzalez .320 ALBERT PUJOLS .319 HOME RUNS ALBERT…

  15. Felix Hernandez becomes fourth-youngest pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Last night Felix Hernandez beat the Red Sox while racking up seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings of two-run ball and in doing so became the fourth-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Here are the leaders, according to Elias Sports Bureau: YEAR AGE Bob Feller 1941 22 years, 179 days Bert Blyleven…

  16. Former baseball union boss Donald Fehr on verge of taking over same role in NHL

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    According to James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail longtime MLB players’ association executive director Donald Fehr “is on the verge of taking over the troubled NHL players’ association.” Hockey has been without a players’ association boss since Paul Kelly was fired last year and Fehr received an $11 million severance package while stepping…

  17. Brewers dump Manny Parra from the rotation for third year in a row

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, the Brewers have bumped Manny Parra from the rotation after an ugly start Sunday dropped him to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA this season. Chris Capuano will replace Parra in the rotation beginning Saturday against the Pirates. Capuano has pitched mostly in relief since coming back from Tommy John surgery, but was a…

  18. Ryan Howard's five-strikeout, 0-for-7 night was pretty rare

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Lost in Roy Oswalt playing left field in a 16-inning game after Ryan Howard was ejected by an out of line umpire Tuesday night is that Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts before getting tossed in the 14th frame. With the help of Baseball-Reference.com I looked up how many players in baseball history have gone…

  19. Dusty Baker may juggle Reds' rotation to keep Cardinals from killing Johnny Cueto

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Depending on how the Reds adjust their rotation between now and then Johnny Cueto may be in line to start against the Cardinals next week. When he last faced the Cardinals on August 10 there was a benches-clearing incident and Cueto was suspended seven games after giving Jason LaRue a season-ending concussion with a kick…

  20. Unhappy with reduced role, Luis Castillo may seek a trade

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo has started just four of the last 17 games and said yesterday that he’s unhappy losing playing time to 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada, who’s hitting just .167 in 48 games overall this season. On the bench last night for the fifth straight game, Castillo told the New York Daily News that he’ll talk…

  21. Aaron Cook likely to rejoin Rockies rotation in early September

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    On the disabled list for the past few weeks with a sprained big toe, Aaron Cook could rejoin the Rockies’ rotation as soon as September 2 against the Phillies. Cook tossed five innings of one-run ball Monday in his first rehab start at Triple-A and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’ll likely…

  22. Willie Bloomquist hits game-winning homer for Royals, feeds Aaron a big serving of crow

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon I mocked the Royals for putting out a terrible lineup against Armando Galarraga and the Tigers, giving them a particularly tough time for using Willie Bloomquist as their No. 3 hitter. As noted at the time, Bloomquist is a career .255 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage and .310 slugging percentage against…

  23. Ryan Howard benched after going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and an ejection yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts last night before being ejected by third base umpire and instigator Scott Barry, and manager Charlie Manuel has benched him for tonight’s game. Toss in Howard’s pronounced platoon splits and sitting him versus left-hander J.A. Happ was probably pretty close to a no-brainer for Manuel. The right-handed hitting…

  24. Takashi Saito's poor night vision hurt the Braves yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com explains how Takashi Saito’s bad vision cost the Braves in last night’s loss to the Rockies: Turns out, the passed ball that gave Dexter Fowler a chance to deliver a two-run single was directly attributed to the vision problem that Takashi Saito experiences during night games. Because of Saito’s limited vision…

  25. Jim Thome having one of the best age-39 seasons of all time

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Not only has Jim Thome switching from the White Sox to the Twins had a massive impact on the AL Central race, Baseball-Reference.com’s blog points out that he’s having one of the best seasons ever by a 39-year-old. Here are the all-time leaders in adjusted OPS+ at age 39: AGE 39 YEAR PA OPS+ Barry…

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